Speakers


Julie R. Gralow, MD
Jill Bennett Endowed Professor of Breast Medical Oncology
Professor of Global Health
University of Washington School of Medicine

Member of the Clinical Research Division
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Director of Breast Medical Oncology
Seattle Cancer Care Alliance

Julie R. Gralow, MD is the the Jill Bennett Endowed Professor of Breast Medical Oncology and professor of global health at the University of Washington School of Medicine, a member of the clinical research division at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, and director of breast medical oncology at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance.

Dr. Gralow is actively involved in breast cancer clinical care, education, and research. She has conducted local and national clinical trials related to breast cancer treatment, prevention, and survivorship. Her main area of research specialization is in understanding the relationship between breast cancer and the bone environment.

Dr. Gralow is executive officer for breast and lung cancer for the SWOG National Clinical Trials Network and co-founder and team physician of Team Survivor Northwest, an exercise and fitness program for women cancer survivors. She is also founder of the Women’s Empowerment Cancer Advocacy Network (WE CAN), a group dedicated to empowering women cancer patient advocates in low and middle income countries.


Daniel P. Silver, MD, PhD
Associate Professor, Medical Oncology and Cancer Biology
Director, Basic Science and Research in Medical Oncology
Leader, Breast Program, Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center


Daniel P. Silver, MD, PhD, is a board certified medical oncologist and cancer researcher. He is the leader of the breast cancer program at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Thomas Jefferson University, where he also directs research in medical oncology. He developed a biomarker test to predict chemotherapy responsiveness in triple-negative breast cancer, and works to find new and better treatments for this type of disease.

Dr. Silver’s lab focuses on finding new targets for cancer treatment, identifying cancer-related genes and understanding how they work, and developing biomarker tests to predict how well medicines will work in individuals. The lab has also researched the BRCA1 and BRCA2 gene mutations and DNA repair.

Dr. Silver played a significant role in a clinical trial that suggested platinum chemotherapy would be effective in triple-negative breast cancer, and he co-led a project that resulted in a new predictive biomarker test, the HRD Assay, which helps identify when chemotherapy will work well against cancer. Recently, his lab discovered a new cancer-related gene that is amplified and overexpressed in one-third of triple-negative breast cancers and which may be a target for new therapies for this subtype of breast cancer.


Jacci Thompson-Dodd, MA, MSSS, LASW
Creator in Chief
LiveThrivorship.com

Jacci Thompson-Dodd, MA, MSSS, LASW is a women's health educator and licensed advanced social worker with over a decade serving the cancer community. She created Thrivorship®, a multi-platform curriculum to help women heal from the life-altering effects of cancer.

Ms. Thompson-Dodd has served as a consulting member of the psycho-oncology team at Swedish Cancer Institute in Seattle, Washington, leading several cancer support groups and teaching continuing education classes for oncology professionals. As a field researcher at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, she served on a team that conducted studies of African American breast cancer survivors, the results of which have been published is several scholarly journals.

She is a certified medical cannabis consultant in Washington State, offering educational programs on natural wellness options for women navigating illness and aging. Ms. Thompson-Dodd is author of WHOLE: 12 Principles for Rebuilding Life After Breast Cancer, now in its second edition.

Breakout Session Presenters
Melissa Berry
Founder, Cancer Fashionista
Diagnosed with breast cancer in 2013 at 42 years old

Kristy Case, LCSW, OSW-C
Oncology Social Worker
Carol G. Simon Cancer Center
Morristown Medical Center

Minas Chrysopoulo, MD, FACS
President, PRMA Plastic Surgery
Center for Advanced Breast Reconstruction
Creator, Breast Advocate® App

Tara Dunsmore-Williamson
Owner and Certified Areola, 3D Tattoo Artist 
Pink Ink Tattoo, LLC
Nurse
Diagnosed with breast cancer in 2012 at 39 years old 

Monique Gary, DO, MSc, FACS
Breast Surgical Oncologist
Medical Director, Cancer Program
Grand View Health/Penn Medicine Network

Steven J. Isakoff, MD, PhD
Associate Director, Breast Cancer Clinical Research
Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Reshma L. Mahtani, DO
Associate Professor of Medicine
Sylvester Cancer Center
University of Miami
Director of Community Outreach
Co-Director Women’s Center, Deerfield Beach

Lori Ranallo, RN, MSN, APRN-BC, CBCN
Breast Cancer Survivorship Nurse Practitioner
The University of Kansas Cancer Center
Endowed Clinical Core Faculty
The Kansas University School of Nursing

Evelyn Robles-Rodriguez, DNP, APN, AOCN
Director, Outreach, Prevention and Survivorship
MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper

Susan Ryan, PsyD
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Collegeville, PA

Alison Tierney, MS, RD, CD, CSO
Founder at Wholesome, LLC